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  • Hello, friends!

  • A new semester is upon us and in this quick video

  • I wanna give you a few things that you can do

  • to make sure that semester goes smoothly.

  • And one of the biggest things I wanna focus on in this video

  • is setting yourself up to not burn out and lose motivation

  • as the semester goes on.

  • 'Cause I know when a new semester comes upon us,

  • you're full of a lot of motivation, right?

  • You're full of all this like, new, refreshed energy,

  • and you really wanna do well in all your classes,

  • and get involved, and hang out with people,

  • and do all that stuff.

  • As the semester goes on, you start to lose that motivation, right?

  • Things just pile on, and due dates start to pile up,

  • and your motivation starts to wane.

  • So I wanna talk about some things you can do

  • to make sure that doesn't happen

  • or at least, to let you mitigate those effects,

  • and not let them make you lose steam.

  • But first, I wanna talk about, just the changing of habits.

  • So in Charles Duhigg's book, The Power of Habit,

  • which I have read and highly recommend,

  • he talks about how people are apt

  • to change their set patterns, their regular behaviors,

  • more often during large life changes,

  • such as moving to a new house, or becoming a parent,

  • or getting married.

  • People who get married or move to a new house

  • are really apt to change the brand of coffee they drink

  • or the cereal they eat.

  • And the book mentions

  • that people going through these big life changes

  • are actually more vulnerable to marketers

  • because of these huge upheavals in their life.

  • Now, this is great information for marketers,

  • maybe not such great information for you

  • if you wanna be a discerning shopper.

  • But it is good information for you

  • if you wanna change you own habits

  • because just as those habits are vulnerable to marketers,

  • they're also vulnerable

  • to intervention on your own part, right?

  • So a new semester is the perfect time to look at your habits

  • and see what changes you can make,

  • see what systems you can build to become more efficient

  • and effective as the semester goes on.

  • So I want to talk about a couple of things

  • that could really help you out in that regard.

  • But first, I have some quicker tips

  • that will help you before the semester starts

  • or right when it starts,

  • to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

  • Number one,

  • you wanna know exactly what you require

  • in terms of gear, and textbooks, and all that good stuff

  • before the semester starts.

  • Does this mean you need to buy

  • all of your textbooks right away, before classes start?

  • Not necessarily.

  • What I recommend doing

  • is at least looking at the book requirements,

  • maybe even emailing teachers and saying,

  • "Hey, do I actually need the book?

  • "Do I need the newest edition? Can I get a used edition?"

  • And just having that knowledge stored in your pocket,

  • know it in the back of your mind.

  • Now, if there are books

  • that are going to take a while to ship,

  • you can only get them in paper,

  • you can't rent them as an e-textbook,

  • or you can't get them from the campus bookstore in a pinch,

  • yes, you're gonna want to get those books

  • well ahead of time just to make sure

  • you can get a good start on the first week of the semester.

  • I always think, you know, in my opinion,

  • that it's better to spend a little bit of money

  • on a textbook you're not quite sure about

  • than it is to lose a lot of progress

  • in your first couple weeks of class,

  • while you're waiting for it to ship

  • because that can derail an entire semester.

  • However, for books at you can rent very quickly

  • via Amazon Kindle or other e-textbook methods,

  • or maybe something you can find very cheaply in town,

  • maybe it's okay to book gamble.

  • You know, wait 'til the first day of class.

  • See if you can share a book with a friend or something,

  • or see if it's actually that required.

  • And if it is, you can go pick it up very quickly.

  • If not, you've saved yourself a good amount of money.

  • Another tip that I have used a lot

  • during my whole college career

  • was actually put my professor's office hours

  • on my Google Calendar.

  • Now, Google Calendar. Let's you actually create

  • multiple different calendars that you can turn off and on.

  • So usually, I would only be showing my class,

  • and work, and event calendars,

  • but I had this other calendar

  • that showed all my professors' office hours

  • that I could turn on and off at will.

  • And that way, if I did need to go see a professor,

  • I didn't need to go digging through the university website

  • to see when they'd be in the office.

  • I had it all in the calendar.

  • I had that set up before the semester started

  • and everything got busy,

  • and I could see exactly where their office was,

  • when I could go in, what their phone number was,

  • and all that good stuff.

  • So I highly recommend doing that.

  • It's really easy, just look on the syllabuses you get,

  • syllabi, I guess is the plural word,

  • or look on the university website.

  • Most professors have their own little website

  • and you can create that stuff right there.

  • Now, a couple of other calendar related tips.

  • Number one, get all of you classes into your Google Calendar

  • before the semester starts.

  • And, a little less obvious tip to attach to that,

  • actually look on the university website and map,

  • figure out what the locations and room numbers

  • of your classes are, and put that in the details section

  • of Google Calendar.

  • I actually wrote an article last year

  • about how I, every semester before classes started,

  • would go around campus, making sure I knew exactly where my classes were,

  • especially if I had multiple classes

  • that had a very small gap of time between them.

  • That way, I wasn't wasting time getting lost

  • and it was just a better way to start the semester, I think.

  • But having that information in Google Calendar,

  • even if you don't go looking for your classes' locations

  • personally, in the flesh, before the classes start,

  • you'll actually have the information

  • and you can look up a diagram.

  • I would also link to the campus maps and building diagrams,

  • like floor plans, in my Google Calendar,

  • just in case I got really confused

  • and needed to see where something was.

  • On more than one occasion,

  • I actually was able to help somebody else who was lost

  • and needed to find a classroom on the same floor

  • that I was going to.

  • And lastly, on that calendar front,

  • it's good to put the semester's significant dates

  • in your calendar.

  • I'm talkin' stuff like days when there won't be school,

  • the start of Spring Break, the start of Thanksgiving Break,

  • when finals are.

  • That stuff is usually up on the university website.

  • They usually have a calendar of significant dates

  • in the semester

  • and you can transfer that stuff all towards your calendar.

  • The reason this is a really good idea

  • is because I advocate every single week,

  • looking at your calendar on Sunday

  • and creating a week's plan of events and tasks.

  • And if those event's are already on the calendar,

  • you can look at, say Monday, and say,

  • "Oh, that's Labor Day. I don't have school.

  • "I can work on a new project or I can go have fun."

  • And you don't have to go looking at the university website

  • for those dates during that week.

  • And you don't have to be surprised about those

  • significant dates.

  • You'll know well in advance

  • because you put in the groundwork before hand.

  • Now, let's talk about things you can do to ensure

  • you don't run out of steam as the semester goes on.

  • You know, you're really motivated as the semester starts.

  • We wanna make sure you can keep as much of that motivation

  • as the months wear on, as the assignments and test pile up.

  • And the first thing that you want to do

  • is make sure you have good study habits.

  • And one of the best ways to build good study habits

  • is to make sure you have a good location for studying.

  • If you remember in a previous video,

  • I talked about a study done at The University of Hawaii,

  • where students literally just turned their desks

  • towards a wall and put a note on a lamp

  • that said Study Area.

  • And the students that actually did this

  • were able to raise their GPAs.

  • So before the semester starts

  • or maybe during the first week,

  • identify a good location

  • for you to do most of your studying in.

  • And you can pair that with a set studying time each day

  • or maybe a time that works for each day on you calendar.

  • So maybe the library is a good location for you.

  • It's quiet, there's a lot of other people working,

  • so you kinda get that good vibe of focused work.

  • And you can put on your calendar

  • that every day from two to four, or something like that,

  • you're gonna go there, you're going to get all the studying

  • and reviewing assignments done that you need to get done,

  • and that'll start building a habit.

  • So two months down the line

  • when you're a little bit stressed

  • and you've a lot more assignments,

  • you still have that habit engrained.

  • You're still gonna be at a library every single day,

  • like you said you would,

  • and you're keeping steam going throughout the semester.

  • One final tip for that first week of classes

  • is to introduce yourself to your professors.

  • Maybe go up to them after the first class,

  • shake their hand, introduce yourself.

  • And that's gonna make it a lot easier

  • for you to get over the initial mental blocks

  • for going to office hours

  • if you happen to need help during the semester.

  • You already know the professor,

  • they're a familiar person, familiar face,

  • and you won't have as much trouble

  • going in and asking for help.

  • That's gonna help you if you run into difficulties

  • during this semester,

  • which could otherwise cause you to derail on your studies.

  • The worst thing is getting behind.

  • Yes, you can recover from getting behind

  • with a lot of hard work,

  • but if you can prevent that by seeking help

  • and assistance when you need it,

  • and you can make that as easy as possible,

  • then that's going to be to your benefit.

  • So I hope these quick tips helped you out.

  • If you're watching this at the beginning of a new semester,

  • I hope your new semester gets off to an awesome start

  • and stays that way.

  • Thanks for watchin' and I'll see you next week.

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